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The Bridge Cafe – Dalston – Review

the bridge coffee houseThe best thing about living in a city like London is that its sheer size means there is always something new to discover. Last week I was introduced to The Bridge Coffee House in Shoreditch. Situated on Kingsland Road, entering into the Coffee house is like stepping back in time. Decorated with old photographs, trophies, memorabilia and chandeliers it is a shrine to all things vintage. The Bridge is small, warm, cozy and run by friendly staff. Offerings include delicious tarts, cakes, tea and coffee. With the furnishings you can see that there has been a lot of time and effort put in to making it look authentic. They even have an old cash register which means they can only take cash for now. The Bridge Coffee House is a great place to take a date or somewhere quiet to work (free wifi). Make your way upstairs to be greeted with a lovely surprise. Sssshhh… click here if you can’t wait to visit.

Cakes At The Bridge Coffeehouse Shoreditch
Cakes At The Bridge Coffee house Shoreditch

The Bridge Coffee House is at 15 Kingsland Road London E2 8AA

My Daily Distraction – Beg Bicycles

Those that know me know of my love of retro Style bicycles and I have just discovered a Cambridge company who are making the most beautiful bespoke bicycles..ahhh I am in love!

They say:

Our bicycles are hand-built exclusively for us in Belgium by a bicycle-building family who have been making high quality frames and bicycles by hand since 1946. Combining gorgeous vintage detailing with highest quality components, an elegant Sit Up and BEG style traditionally brazed and lugged upright frame with a Brooks leather saddle, and a whole host of sophisticated features, the only bump in your ride will be choosing whether to go for delicious Persephone Pink, Flirty 30s Green or Toad.

 Heads will turn, hearts will flutter and you’ll be King (or Queen!) of the road.”

Well I can’t disagree the bicycle  below is absolutely beautiful.

For more information visit: http://www.begbicycles.com

Daily distraction – Mini Berets

Apologies for the lack of posts this week, Lanky girl has been feeling rather under the weather. Recently I have become a bit obsessed with the style of the 1940s and today I found myself looking online to see if I could find a retro style hat. On my new favourite website Etsy they had these beautiful mini berets. I’ve always loved berets after watching Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep. Berets suit most people and they always make the wearer look chic and sophisticated.


A gorgeous hat for the races maybe.


Soft and ethereal stand out at that wedding!

Rockabilly chick!


For that wow factor!

If you are feeling kind of creative you could buy a plain beret and decorate it to your liking. McCulloch and Wallis have a vast range of plain berets. Ebay is a also a good place to find ribbons and bows and other gems to make your beret look unique. A nice simple project that is sure to get you compliments when your done. Something like the picture below is very easy to make.

Add a feather and voila tres chic!


Roll on fashion week!

My Daily distraction.. Nissan Figaro

I’m meant to be reading up on the joys of HTML 5 but it being a saturday night I am finding it very hard to concentrate…. A friend of mine owns a lovely Nissan Figaro which I have had the joy of being given a lift in once and today I found myself pouring over pictures of them on google. So what is a Nissan Figaro? According to wikipedia:

“The Nissan Figaro is a small retro car manufactured by Nissan. The car was originally sold only in Japan. Despite this, the Nissan Figaro has become popular with owners in the UK and Ireland, given the popularity of second-hand Japanese import cars. Its appearance has a resemblance to the 1960s Datsun Fairlady model.”

Manufactured in 1992, apparently there were only 20,000 made so if you are lucky to own one you should feel very individual indeed. One day I hope to own one myself in daring and slightly cheeky pink. Nissan Figaro retails for around £6000 pounds but sometimes bargains can be found on eBay. Take a look for yourself.



My Daily Distraction..screw TFL i’m getting a…

Moped! With train fares on the rise and the quality of service being abysmal Lanky girl has been looking for other ways to get to work and save money. Currently I am paying 150 pounds a month for 1-4 travelcard. That is 1800 pounds a year!  My daily commute to work is 10 miles and as much as I like cycling it would kill me to do that on a bicycle every day. Hence how I came up with the idea of a riding a moped to work. My  commute according to google would only take 30 mins and it looks to be a fairly straight route Hurray! During my search for more information I came across the Get on website  a great website for beginners starting out in the world of two wheels. They also offer you a free two-hour session on a motorcycle in which you will be taught how to ride and learn important safety information. I promptly signed myself up and am awaiting contact from one of  their test centres. According to the online calculator I could save myself a lot of money travelling this way.

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Of course while I am waiting to have my first ride on a moped I have been looking and dreaming of what kind of moped I would like to have….

These retro styled mopeds are gorgeous….

in white

Pink and girly..

And of course safety is very important but thankfully lanky girl wouldn’t have to sacrifice style for safety wearing any of these helmets.

For more information visit :http://www.geton.co.uk/